8 April 2016
Sandton Convention Centre
07:30 – 15:30
R2 950 ex VAT
Those who attended The Directors Event in 2015 witnessed the beginning of something truly inspirational. In association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, MMI Holdings and the Institute of Directors, a successful meeting of minds transpired between South Africa’s most influential leaders whose common goal was to discuss and form collaborations that are geared towards building the nation.
Several high-powered entities approached matters of governance and accountability, reputation management, leadership and talent nurturing, infrastructural development, the economy, and entrepreneurship; with the frankness and resolution required to not only identify solutions, but kick-start the process of acting upon them.
This April 2016, South Africa’s biggest board meeting commences once again, to confront a series of hard-hitting round table discussions at close quarters with in-depth moderation by leading media personalities.
This unique, one-day conference attended by over 300 leaders, will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre on 8 April 2016, with the aim of harnessing the collective intellectual energy of leaders from both the public and private sector who will sit around the boardroom table and strike a new path to national financial wellness and cohesion.
Head: Group Communication & CSI
MMI Holdings Limited
Head: Group Communication & CSI, MMI Holdings Limited
Dan is a seasoned broadcaster with 35 years’ of experience under his belt. Having worked as a news reporter, editor, and presenter, his broadcasting credentials include Radio Mozambique’s English Service, BBC, Talk Radio 702, SABC and eNCA. He has been responsible for corporate communication and corporate social investment at MMI Holdings since 2009. Dan’s overall strengths firmly lie in his people skills, integrity, leadership, and management skills.
Bruce is a multi-platform, award-winning financial journalist whose creative and engaging presentation makes money matters accessible to a broad audience. He presents The Money Show on 702 and CapeTalk, hosts Tonight with Bruce Whitfield on CNBC Africa, and is a columnist and writer for the Sunday Times Business Times. He is married, has two strapping sons, and likes travelling too much to have a dog.
Iman Rappetti is a respected senior South African journalist, news anchor, and radio talk show host. She co-anchors NewsNight with Jeremy Maggs on eNCA and hosts #PowerTalk on Power 98.7. She enjoys talking to people from all walks of life, sharing their achievements and challenges. Having interviewed many political and social personalities, from President Jacob Zuma and Oprah, to Jeremy Clarkson and Deepak Chopra, Iman takes her role in holding power accountable for decisions that impact all citizens very seriously.
Andile Khumalo, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is the Chief Investment Officer of MSG Afrika, a black-owned media and communications group. He is also the founder of MyStartUp, an online platform for entrepreneurs looking to further their business opportunities. Andile is a former member of the Takeover Regulations Panel (TRP).
ABN Group Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of CNBC Africa, Bronwyn Nielsen, has been with CNBC Africa since its launch in 2007. As one of the first faces to join the channel, Nielsen comes with over fourteen years experience in the African broadcasting industry. Some of her highlights at CNBC Africa include the hosting of the live CNBC Africa Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well as the “Äfrica Debate” at the Milken Institute Los Angeles Global conference 2014 and 2015. Bronwyn also presents Captains of Industry, a program that features weekly interviews with top leadership of African companies. Africa Business News (ABN) appointed Bronwyn Nielsen as the executive director to the group in 2012. Her role of executive director involves setting the content agenda for all the companies within the ABN Group (this includes CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa – ABN Publishing, ABN Pictures, ABN Digital and ABN Productions), as well as driving the group’s strategic growth opportunities. Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and recently completed a financial course for senior executives at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Group CEO, MMI Holdings
Nicolaas Kruger began his career at Momentum as an Actuarial Assistant in July 1991. He was appointed as Chief Actuary of Momentum in 1997 and held this statutory role for 10 years. He became Chief Financial Officer of Momentum Group in 2007, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. In December 2010, he was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of MMI Holdings following the merger between Metropolitan and Momentum. His directorships include Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), MMI Group Ltd and various other subsidiary companies within the MMI Holdings group.
Present, eNCA & Power FM and contributor, Financial Mail
Jeremy Maggs is co-presenter of the flagship evening current affairs programme News Night on eNCA. He also presents a daily one hour current affairs radio show on Power FM 98.7 called The Power Update, and is the advertising and media writer on the Financial Mail and co-editor of the authoritative yearly industry review, The Annual AdFocus.
Lead Economist & Editor: Africa Competitiveness Report, WEF
Caroline Galvan is Practice Lead (Competitiveness and Risks), with The Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. She co-authors The Global Competitiveness Report and is the content lead of The Global Risks Report - both flagship publications of the World Economic Forum. She further leads the work on The Africa Competitiveness Report and the Forum’s competitiveness activities in the region. Her areas of expertise include national competitiveness, risks, resilience, and the economics of the Africa and Europe regions.
Founder & Executive Director
Founder & Executive Director, Wiphold
Gloria obtained a B.Com degree from the University of Transkei and holds an MBA degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She is a Founding Member and Executive Director of WIPHOLD and Chief Executive Officer of Wipcapital. Her professional experience includes positions at Exxon Corporation in the USA, Munich Reinsurance Company of SA, the Premier Group and Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. She was the Executive Director – Finance, Transnet Limited and was a member of the Transnet Board and its major subsidiaries. She serves on several Boards and is an honorary member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and a member of the SAICA Advisory Council.
As Einstein once said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” The ability to create new technologies – from product and service design, to renewed organisational processes and production technologies – is the most critical requirement for successful business operations that can ultimately drive the economy of a developing country. Innovation that pays recognises innovation to be the key driving force behind entrepreneurial development. On this panel, leading economic and business experts will come together and discuss ways to consolidate, coordinate, and synergise innovative activities aimed at the entrepreneurial success of our economy.
CEO & Co-Founder
The Awethu Project
Acting Chief Director: Sector & Industry Development,
Gauteng Department of Economic Development
Professor & Chair in Entrepreneurship
Wits Business School
CEO & Co-Founder, The Awethu Project
It is co-founder and CEO of The Awethu Project, Yusuf Randera-Rees’ mixed race heritage that helped shape his identity and commitment to his country from an early age. He studied Economics through a well-earned scholarship to Harvard University in 2005, graduating with Honours. Yusuf began working for the Credit Suisse Investment Bank in New York, subsequently setting up his group’s business in Zurich upon request. He was awarded a South Africa-at-Large Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford in 2007, where he completed Masters degrees in Financial Economics and in African Studies respectively.
Acting Chief Director: Sector and Industry Development, Gauteng Department of Economic Development
Dr Rethabile Melamu trained as a Chemical and Environmental Engineer, and has almost 10 years experience in the areas of sustainable development, technology innovation, strategy development, renewable energy and waste management. She has also gained invaluable consulting, project management over the years and has published reports and academic articles in her fields of expertise. She is currently a senior manager in at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, responsible for development of economic sector strategies, with a strong focus on the green economy.
Managing Director, SiMONDiSA
Matsi Modise is the Managing Director of SiMODiSA, a South African entrepreneurship initiative for start-up companies whose strategic collaborations with policy makers enhances the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. Being an avid Pan-African entrepreneurship activist, Ms. Modise has both founded or sat on various boards including the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South African Venture Capital/Private Equity Association (SAVCA), and the World Economic Forum among many other finance, investment, and business development initiatives.
Co-Founding Partner, 4Di Capital
Justin Stanford is the co-founder and MD of 4Di Group, a diversified investment management group and family office. He also co-founds an early-stage technology venture capital firm, 4Di Capital; and is an active angel investor in Africa and around the world. His achievements are marked by the following listings: ‘Top 200 Young South Africans’ (Mail & Guardian, 2011); ‘30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs’ (Forbes, 2013); and ‘Choiseul 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow’ (Institute Choiseul, 2014, 2015). His expertise is firmly entrenched in an unflinching entrepreneurial spirit that saw him attempting his very first tech startup, at the tender age of 18.
Professor & Chair in Entrepreneurship (Lamberti Foundation), Wits Business School
Boris is a Professor at WBS, University of Witwatersrand. He has more than 25 years academic and professional experience in business, where he has practiced, taught and researched strategy, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship. Boris was the first appointed Chair in Entrepreneurship (Lamberti) at Wits and is a NRF rated researcher. Boris has undertaken several collaborative projects focusing on research and entrepreneurial capacity development around the world. He also sits on the Executive Board of the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society. Apart from his academic background, Boris has extensive business experience. Boris has created new ventures, operated both as a franchisor and as franchisee, and worked for MNCs in the pharmaceutical and retail industries, with broad exposure to strategic and general management functions.
How do we provide quality healthcare for all at a sustainable cost? How do we transform our health plans and service providers to better address the nation’s escalating healthcare challenges and opportunities? Government can fund, regulate and shape the market of our healthcare sector, but it cannot be expected to satisfy increasing demand on its own. Business can do its part to ensure that it remains equipped to maintain aging and growing populations; including management of chronic disease, infrastructure, treatment, and technology advancements. Our discussion will include stakeholders in the public and private sectors who are seeking to improve access to proper care for all.
Director General, Department of Health
Malebona Precious Matsoso is the Director General of the National Department of Health. Her 20 years’ experience at executive management level includes leadership positions at national and international level for large organisations in key strategic leadership positions, covering areas of public health policy and program development; ethics and research. She has extensive knowledge and experience with developing countries, the United Nations system, high levels of governments, and other key institutions. Matsoso is currently the chairperson of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Director, Hlokomela Clinic
Christine du Preez, founding Director of Hoedspruit Training Trust (Hlokomela project), hails from the Free State and is a professional nurse with 35 years’ experience. She also has ten years’ experience with programme management in the NGO sector, and runs 10 clinics. Hlokomela is an award winning HIV/AIDS educational and treatment programme targeting workers, including foreign migrants, in the agriculture, nature conservation and tourism sectors in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
CEO, Metropolitan Health
Dylan Garnett joined Metropolitan Health on 1 June 2012 as the Managing Director for Metropolitan Health Risk Management (Pty) Ltd. In July 2014, he was appointed as the CEO of Metropolitan Health Corporate (Pty) Ltd, the holding company of Metropolitan Health Risk Management (Pty) Ltd. Besides his rich academic background, Dylan offers a wealth of executive managerial experience in the strategic delivery of operational business requirements and goals. Driving performance and service delivery in order to position the business for sustainable growth is his passion. Through his vast experience he has demonstrated visible leadership to senior multi-functional management teams, especially in the context of client centricity and operational excellence. Before joining Metropolitan Health, Dylan held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Zurich South Africa since 2007.
Chairman & CEO, Lenmed Health
Prakash Devchand is a qualified chartered accountant with 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He was appointed to the board in 1986 and elected as chairman and chief executive officer in 1998. Under his leadership, Lenmed has seen significant growth in its local operations and the inception of the Group's African strategy
President, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa
A nurse by profession, Simon Hlungwani is President of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), an organisation of more than 84 000 nurses under its banner. Prior to his current position, he has served on all the ranks of DENOSA, from being a local shop steward, to a regional leader until he was elected as Provincial Treasurer in Gauteng. He also served as provincial Chairperson of DENOSA in Gauteng province, a position he held until he was elected national President in 2014. He holds an Honours Degree in Nursing and, before his release to work as full-time DENOSA President, he served as a middle manager in the Gauteng Provincial Health Department.
Primary and higher education form part of the pillars of achievement required for South Africa to remain a strong contender on the global stage. We are currently ranking closer to the bottom of the ladder in comparison to similarly efficient countries, coming in nearly dead last in the Maths and Science departments.* This is a state of affairs that cannot be allowed to continue if we hope to reach our full potential. There are brilliant minds amongst our talented youth, and with access to proper education and dedicated mentorship programs by seasoned professionals, we stand to create the necessary skills to make huge strides towards the economic empowerment of our country.
* Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016
General Secretary, Wits SRC
Fasiha Hassan – Secretary General, Wits SRC - is 22 years old, a graduate of a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand and currently studying toward her post graduate LLB also at Wits. Fasiha is also a recipient of the Golden Key International Honors Society for excellence in academics. She served as the very first female chairperson of the Muslim Students’ Association in 2015 and was also a leader of the Progressive Youth Alliance at Wits University during the same year. Fasiha was elected as the Academic Officer of the Wits Student Representative Council for the 2014/2015 term and was elected and is currently serving as the Wits SRC Secretary General for the 2015/2016 term. She was also a leader of the #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing movements.
Visiting Adjunct Professor: Wits School of Governance; and Change and Stakeholder Director, programme to Improve Learning Outcomes
Mary Metcalfe has worked in education since 1974. She served as the MEC for Education in Gauteng from 1994 – 1999, and for Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs from 1999 - 2004. She was the Head of the School of Education at Wits from 2004 to 2009 before joining the Department of Higher Education and Training as Director General in 2009. She worked as the Lead Sector Specialist in Social Infrastructure at the DBSA between 2011 and 2013 in which time she worked on conceptualising systemic improvement in education in a broad collaborative process within the sector. She is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Wits School of Governance and serves on several South African not-for-profit boards including Corruption Watch. She is the chairperson of the General Education Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (global) and serves on the advisory committee of the TJ Alexander Fellowship Programme of the OECD. She is currently the Stakeholder and Change Director of the programme to Improve Learning Outcomes, an NGO established to pilot-at-scale a model for education system improvement which is being implemented in 1 500 schools in KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. The KZN work is funded by the National Education Collaboration Trust.
Director, Inclusive Education South Africa
Robyn is the Director of Inclusive Education South Africa (IESA). IESA is an NGO, which has for the past 21 years, been involved in promoting meaningful participation in education for all children in South Africa. She has an LLB and BA Hons Degree in Political Science and over 12 years’ experience in the development sector. Robyn is involved in high level advocacy around the effective implementation of inclusive education policy in South Africa.
Director, Independent Institute of Education
Dr Felicity Coughlan is Director of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) and Group Academic Director for AdvTech (Ltd). The IIE is a registered private higher education institution offering more than 90 accredited higher education qualifications on several campuses through the leading educational brands of Rosebank College, Varsity College, Vega, and The Design School Southern Africa. AdvTech is the holding company for the IIE and the AdvTech schools including Crawford, Maravest, Centurus, Abbotts and TrinityHouse schools.
MEC for Education, Western Cape
Debbie is a qualified attorney and conveyancer, and served as Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development in the National Assembly for the Democratic Alliance from 2010 – 2014, and Shadow Deputy Minister of Police from 2009 – 2010. During the same period she served as a National Assembly representative on the Magistrates Commission as well as a City Councillor for Ward 62 (Constantia/Wynberg) and then Ward 73 (Bergvliet/Meadowridge/Diep River/Plumstead) from 2002 – 2009. She has served as a Deputy Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Regional Executive in the City of Cape Town and a member of the DA Provincial Disciplinary Committee. Until her appointment to this position, she was the Registrar of the DA Federal Legal Commission, where she now serves as an ordinary member.
South Africa held first place on the African continent, and was ranked among the Top 50 best performing countries worldwide in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2015/16 Global Competitiveness Report. Despite this, we still have so much work to do in critical areas such as our labour-employee relations and overall quality of education – and more caution is required where our relatively strong institutions and financial markets are concerned. In this discussion, led by prominent members of the public and private sector, will look into policies, institutions, and other factors that can assist in improving productivity and prosperity levels for the country’s continued developmental and economic success.
Director Innovation & Technology, Department of Trade & Industry
Nontombi Marule is the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Department of Trade and Industry. Her division focuses on strengthening conditions for the development of high-growth, technology-based enterprises; and the promotion of collaborative efforts of knowledge generators and innovators. She has previously worked at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as Deputy Director: Emerging Research Areas. Prior to this, she was a part of the radio-analytical scientists’ team for over five years at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA).
CEO, PwC Southern Africa
Dion was appointed as Southern Africa CEO on 1 July 2015, the first black African to be appointed to the role. He previously acted as leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group. Dion was admitted to partnership in 2008 and has serviced several large listed clients mostly within the mining industry and also in telecommunications and entertainment. In recent years, Dion’s client base has included Exxaro Resources Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Sasol Oil, among others.
Co-Author, Continental Shift: A Journey Through Africa’s Changing Fortunes
Richard Poplak is an international award-winning author, journalist, and graphic novelist, and a senior correspondent at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. He has spent the last five years travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the notion of a rising Africa, entitled Continental Shift: A Journey Through Africa’s Changing Fortunes (Jonathan Ball, 2016). Poplak has worked in over 30 countries in the developing world, and his next project will concern the notion of the city after 9/11.
Founder & Managing Director, Smartrac
Muhammad Seedat began an early entrepreneurial journey, before serving his articles, studying concurrently and qualifying as a Professional Accountant. He worked in the corporate world before moving to the UK, gaining valuable experience and insight. Returning to SA, Muhammad founded and bootstrapped an integrated professional services firm as well as creating Africa’s largest co-working space, realising his passion of backing start-ups. He serves as Managing Director of the Smartrac Group and sits on a number of boards. Muhammad believes that entrepreneurs are made, not born and founded the Smartrac Academy of Entrepreneurship to promote this.
MMI is proud to be associated with The Directors Event because it gives us the chance to engage directly with the issues our communities and businesses face in the current South African environment, as we strive to enhance the lifetime financial wellness of people, their communities and their businesses. The need for collaboration among influential leaders in business, government and civil society in shaping thinking and decision-making is important. We hope that The Directors Event will not only provide unique viewpoints from various spheres of our society but also help to collaboratively contribute to charting a new path to financial wellness and social cohesion.
Better business needs better boards. Better boards need better directors. Better directors need support, guidance, and continued professional development. By supporting The Directors Event, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa extends its efforts in providing key elements for successful directors, boards and business. Directors require specialist skills, knowledge, experience and integrity – all while meeting the challenges of today’s complex business environment. It is imperative that business leaders keep up to date with latest developments, especially with the launch of King IV expected towards the end of 2016. Participation in events like The Directors Event is an efficient way for any busy professional to remain informed of the latest issues in governance and business.
USB Executive Development (USB-ED) is the public company of the University of Stellenbosch. We develop and connect leaders through innovative and transformational learning experiences because we believe that empowered leaders can bring about change. Our leadership and management development programmes are suitable for the private and public sectors and for individuals’ intent on carving their own future in business. We have three offices in South Africa and recently expanded our presence to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as well as to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our programmes are presented in 14 countries across Africa and beyond. The USB holds the triple crown of international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. USB-ED is a proud sponsor of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies’ second annual Directors Event.
Hogan Lovells is one of the world’s top 10 legal practices with over 2 500 lawyers across more than 45 offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. Our South African office in Johannesburg has a total staff complement of around 250, with more than 100 legal professionals who are regarded as high-calibre sector practitioners. With our spread of global relationships as well as our lawyers’ international experience, we’re perfectly able to respond to your needs wherever you’re based, providing a consolidated approach across jurisdictional borders. With a Level 2 B-BBEE accreditation, we are your ideal legal partner in South Africa.
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The time for collaboration and frank discussion between South Africa’s most influential leaders in business, government and civil society has never been as pressing in order to chart a new path for the country, asserted Nicolaas Kruger, CEO of MMI Holdings at the inaugural The Directors Event.
Held in association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Award, MMI Holdings, the Institute of Directors and Mancosa Graduate School of Business, The Directors Event attracted influential leaders from all spheres of society.
To participate either as a sponsor or a delegate please contact
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|Date :||Friday, 8th of April 2016|
|Venue :||Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton|
|Time :||07h30 Registration | 08h30 Conference commences|